2016 Diary Episode 15 - Hybridising End of Season
Wednesday 28th September
Today I went through all the seedlings –
Taking off any flowers and pinching the
top of the flower stems so they crystallise and fall off instead off
Rubbing off any side shoots.
Pinching out all growing tips.
you can see by picture to the left of the Moira Callan & Nicola
Coates cross and the picture on the right
showing the Joan Bryce over Tequila Sunrise crosses.
Then I gave them a feed of Chempak 3 to aid the production of the
“cutting tuber”, I have also turned on the hotboxes to give the
seedlings a little bottom heat as well to help them along.
you can see by the picture to the left I have not given up on any of
seedlings, no matter how small and far behind they are as shown in
picture to the right as they can always be flowered next year.
October 2016 –
I am now fighting mother-nature, as the seedling wants to go down
and I want to keep it growing to give me a better chance of
producing a cutting tuber.
I am going through them every couple of days as leafs and the
pinched out stems are falling back into the seedling and if I leave
them too long they will start to cause rot on “sound” parts of the
At night it’s getting close to freezing and during the day it’s cold
and damp – mother nature is certainly fighting me at every chance
she can to prevent my seedlings producing the goods underneath.
Saturday 21st October
Had a visit from Dave Weatherby today, he had very kindly picked up
and brought me 2 bags of M2 Pot and Bedding Compost ready for
starting to get my seedling cutting tubers going again next year. So
we had a good chat and put “the world to rights” as the saying goes.
Sunday 22 October
This may sound extreme but I went through all my seedlings today
collecting any fallen leaves or parts of the stem that were turning
I have noticed is that a quite a number of my seedlings at the base
of the stem looked as if they were turning
“woody” as you can see by the picture to the left – so I got the
Rovral out and painted the base of the stems with it as per the
picture to the right. Trying my hardest to keep them going as long
Saturday 29 October
I went through all my seedlings and they looked ok towards the base
of the stem but the last bits of the pinched out flower stems are
falling off now and leaves that have fallen seem to be turning to
mush pretty quickly.
Tuesday 1st November
Woke up to a blanket of frost this morning.
Sunday 6th November
Over the last 5 days it has either dropped under or hovered above 0oc
at night and during the day stayed pretty much in single figures.
So the seasons have now changed and my seedlings want to go down –
however I do not want them to just yet. I want to get them to the
end of the month and give them the chance to produce a cutting
Sunday 13th November
I have put my Parwin heater into my propagating greenhouse to keep
the temperature up a little to keep my seedlings going.
of them have got green leaves on however I have a few with just 3 or
4 inches of stem left and the odd green leaf clinging on for dear
I am seeing signs of cutting tuber production under my
seedlings as you can see by the picture to the left.
3rd December –
All my seedlings are still growing with regards both stem and a
greenish leaf as you can see by the picture to the
left. To the right you can see a picture showing more signs of
cutting tuber production on my seedlings.
So to summarise my first foray into
hybridisation so far -
Well during mid 2015 I explained my
thought process and what I wanted to try and achieve with
During late 2015 I went through my
failures & triumphs whilst trying my hand at hybridising.
Early in 2016 I shared my trials &
tribulations with you all with regards germination and the problems
I encountered pricking out the seedlings.
Then shared the issues I
encountered with my seedlings through the middle of 2016.
And to finish 2016 I have explained
how I tried to keep them going as long as possible to produce a
seedling cutting tuber.
And who knows if you are lucky enough I might
show you the results of this 3 year journey when I flower them
properly in 2017 to see which to keep or consigned to the recycling
Until next time….